FLORHAM PARK, NJ – The Jets announced their 2010 team awards today, as voted by the players.
Inside linebacker David Harris won the Curtis Martin Award as the team’s MVP. First-year Jet LaDanian Tomlinson won the Dennis Byrd Award for the team’s most inspirational player, while Brad Smith received the MartyLyons given to the player for their outstanding community service work. Defensive tackle Mike DeVito won the Kyle Clifton Good Guy Award and Shaun Ellis was honored with the Ed Block Award for courage. Rookie fullback John Conner was given the Bill Hampton Award.
Harris, a team captain, leads the team with 113 tackles (87 solo), three sacks and 13 QB hurries. Drafted in the second round in 2007, he has led the team in tackles every year with the exception with 2008.
Tomlinson has inspired his teammates with his approach and preparations on the field and in the locker room. “He’s just a great teammate,” head coach Rex Ryan said about Tomlinson earlier this season. “I know one thing, he’s lifted not just inspired the offense, but the defense as well.”
Smith is the spokesperson for the Jets Play 60 campaign, centering his fouc on the health and wellness of young fans by encouraging them to be active for at least 60 minutes a day.
Now in its 14th season, the Kyle Clifton Good Guy Award recognizes exceptionally consistent willingness, cooperation and professionalism in daily interaction with the entire organization. DeVito signed with the Jets as an undrafted free agent out of Maine in 2007.
The Ed Block Courage Award is given for perseverance and dedication to staying on the field. Ed Block was the longtime head athletic trainer of the Baltimore Colts who was a pioneer in his profession and a respected humanitarian. Recipients of the award embody everything that is positive about professional athletes in the locker room and in their community, Ellis, the longest tenured Jet, is in his 11th season with the team.
The Bill Hampton Award is voted on by the equipment staff and past winners. Named for the Jets equipment manager of 37 seasons, the award is given annually to the rookie who acts like a pro in the locker room. The winner’s jersey hangs in the equipment room the following year for all the players to see. Conner, a 2010 fifth round pick, played in every game this season.
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